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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 19, 2010 10:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: YDIH - 8/19/1980 Uptown Theater, Chicago

Love the Uptown! Beautiful place. Wasn't at this one, but was at a bunch before then, in '78 and '79. Either I had really good seats, or every seat at the Uptown was good. I don't know how many people it holds, but there's a nice intimate feel, as I recall.

FYI, maybe you caught this one, too; it's listed as a Staff Pick. (My only show that's a Staff Pick! Woo hoo! Can't honestly say it's up there with 6/23/74 or 9/19/70 or Cornell '77, but hey, I was pretty thrilled to see it up there ...):


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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Aug 20, 2010 12:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: YDIH - 8/19/1980 Uptown Theater, Chicago


Nice slideshow of Uptown Theater photos - what a beautiful place. Musta been a crazy place to dose with all those statues and gold ornamentation.

It's hard to imagine a bunch of hippies invading that place... looks more like a suit/tie and evening gown type of place. Never been there before and my only impressions of Chicago are O'Hare (ugh...) and Union Station (craaazy busy).

I'll check out your '79 this afternoon. Enticed by that 16 minute Shakedown and the He's Gone > OO > jam segment

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Aug 20, 2010 8:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: YDIH - 8/19/1980 Uptown Theater, Chicago

AltheaRose, I couldn't agree with you more about the Uptown Theater being such a beautiful place - what an amazing lobby!! While the sound was very good, it was not as crystal clear as in the acoustically perfect Auditorium Theater, thankfully, the people at Jam Productions continued to place the Dead in such alluring and intimate venues at a time when promoters in other parts of the country were putting them in much larger facilities with terrible acoustics and little to no aesthetic charm. We were so grateful for those multiple night runs in such wonderful spaces. I was shocked, and a bit saddened to see that the Uptown has been closed since 1981. Though now that Jam has bought it, there is hope.

and to answer your question, the Uptown Theater held nearly 4,400 - 10% more than the Auditorium which holds just under 4,000.

also, I remember being able to go outside of the theater during intermission and get some fantastic ice cream - those were some hot summer nights - and then being able to go back in by just showing our stubs . . . how civil and considerate

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